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Rays give Evan Longoria contract extension through 2022

Tampa Bay gave its third baseman a lengthy contract extension on Monday.

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Tampa Bay Rays announced Monday that they extended third baseman Evan Longoria's contract through the 2022 season, with a club option for 2023. The extension is worth an additional $100 million.

Longoria, who made $4.5 million in 2012, had been signed through the 2016 season, including club options. Now the Rays can retain him through his age 37 season, if they so choose.

The three-time All-Star is coming off a season during which he missed significant time because of injury. He managed to play in just 74 games and hit .289/.369/.527, with 17 home runs and 55 RBI. In five seasons with Tampa Bay, Longoria has won a pair of Gold Gloves and helped the team to three playoff appearances, including a run to the World Series in 2008.

The Rays won 90 games or more for the third consecutive season in 2012, though they came up short of a playoff berth.

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